UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has extended his war of words with number one contender Yoel Romero after labelling Robert Whittaker a “more worthy opponent”.

Yoel Romero has long been considered the number one contender for the UFC’s 185 lbs championship and had looked to secure a summer showdown with Bisping after landing a flying knee knockout of former champion Chris Weidman at UFC 205. Unfortunately for the Cuban fighter, Bisping underwent surgery soon after UFC 205 postponing an eagerly anticipated match-up before signing to fight a returning Georges St-Pierre later this year leaving Romero on the sidelines.

With Romero having been overlooked while simultaneously “looked after” by UFC president Dana White, other contenders have emerged within the middleweight division with Robert Whittaker the latest to stake a claim with his TKO victory over ‘Jacare’ Souza at UFC on Fox 24.

As a result of Whittaker’s impressive performance, Bisping has taken to his own podcast, Believe You Me, and stated that he believes the Austrailian fighter to be the most deserving challenger to his 185 lbs crown.

“Robert Whittaker looked great. The kid is on fire, the kid is doing well,” Bisping said. “Nothing but praise for Robert Whittaker there, good footwork, decent takedown defence, we’ve seen him knock people out before and of course, he got the job done.”

“He called me out on the microphone immediately after and of course, he should do that. I’m the champion and you should want to fight the champion. Fair play to him.”

“Listen, I’ve got no qualms fighting Robert Whittaker,” ‘The Count’ added. “Let’s just make that abundantly clear right now because there are some websites that are like ‘Bisping hasn’t responded’.”

“I’m responding right now because Yoel Romero is a dirty, lying cheating scumbag. If they want to do Whittaker after I’ve beaten GSP, we can. If not, I’ll do Romero, whatever. I see Robert as a more worthy contender. He stopped Jacare, Romero didn’t stop Jacare. And Robert hasn’t tested positive for steroids, so really I think it should be Robert next.”